Taxes Are Premiums To Live In Civilized Societies
Last Wednesday, Mitt Romney—the man of all seasons hammered the virtue of tax cuts, pummeling his opponent President Barack Obama to dust, and the next day his stock rose in the polls. What an absurd society we live in!
The problem is that a great number of us have become selfish in that we only care for ourselves and not the next door neighbors.
Just think—so many times, we are touched by small gestures; opening the door a little bit longer for the next person to pass, picking the dropped papers for a stranger, even merely casting a sympathetic glance as the other person slips on a piece of ice. Often times, these gestures become the bedrock of a long lasting relationship. These same gestures, however, remind us of the time of chivalry, since even the apparently simple gestures are becoming rare, as we increasingly cocoon ourselves in our shells.
In the beginning of our time, we needed each other for our very survival. Defending against the ferocious animals required that we band together and discover strength in joining hands. That prompted us to form societies and we dedicated ourselves to the collective good.
That "we” mentality still prevails in the backward societies of the world, as found in the recently discovered, the last known ancient tribe, living in New Guinea, north of Australia. The tribe Toulambi that lives in one of the last frontiers of primordial civilization, who had not seen a matchbox, and are shocked to see how fire can be started by striking a small stick against the side of a small box, exhibits why we need to care for each other for our own good.
With progress of time the age of agriculture created the possibility of hoarding and greed began doing its magic. The subsequent progression to the industrial age only accentuated the “I” mentality among a few, but the worst was reserved for the age of finance. The moment humankind discovered that more wealth can be made by sophisticated financial instruments, by robbing others, all Hell broke loose.Continued on the next page